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I guess I'm essential. I am lucky I'm sort of still getting paid( make more off profit sharing than salary )... but kind of wish I could check out. So weird right now.

I'm the VP of a construction company in the greater Boston area, so I am still working. A lot of my projects are shut down, some shut down because of positive tested workers, some due to state mandate. I have a handful of projects still going, but it feels strange to send guys to work(though for $80 hr they don't mind- go figure).

I want normal back.

Are you still working?
 

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I guess I'm essential. I am lucky I'm sort of still getting paid( make more off profit sharing than salary )... but kind of wish I could check out. So weird right now.

I'm the VP of a construction company in the greater Boston area, so I am still working. A lot of my projects are shut down, some shut down because of positive tested workers, some due to state mandate. I have a handful of projects still going, but it feels strange to send guys to work(though for $80 hr they don't mind- go figure).

I want normal back.

Are you still working?
What happened with that trade group that was calling for the governor to shut down all construction last week?
 

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My job can be done 100% remote so it doesn't matter if I'm essential or not, I can still work every day.

Company I work for is very essential and the way a lot of folks are getting supplies.
 

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Manager in corporate finance department. Essential because we haven’t received any kind of notification that we can file our financial statements late. Q1 reporting is in progress.

Most of us, including myself, are working from home, however.
 

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What happened with that trade group that was calling for the governor to shut down all construction last week?
Oh the carpenters union... yeah they stopped working. The world still needs to spin.
 

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Financial consulting - super essential :rolleyes: good thing it’s remote! But at 80 hr maybe I should switch to construction! :eek:
 

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I guess I'm essential. I am lucky I'm sort of still getting paid( make more off profit sharing than salary )... but kind of wish I could check out. So weird right now.

I'm the VP of a construction company in the greater Boston area, so I am still working. A lot of my projects are shut down, some shut down because of positive tested workers, some due to state mandate. I have a handful of projects still going, but it feels strange to send guys to work(though for $80 hr they don't mind- go figure).

I want normal back.

Are you still working?
Even the government wouldn't be able to shut my employer down. It would be a bureaucratic shit storm.

I haven't missed any work. I've used holidays as much as possible to minimize my exposure, but no choice. I need my money too. I've got a big mortgage, and my wife is stay-at-home. My son needs to eat.

I do my best to keep my hands clean and off my face. My employer is as vigilant as can be I think. The threat is still real and ever present. The local prison 2 blocks from my place, had 2 inmates test positive and so this thing is creeping in my neighborhood.

I have no choice. If I stay home long enough, I'll have no home. I don't have the kind of cash reserves to pay a mortgage for too many months. Sure, Canadian banks rolled out "mortgage deferral" plans. Hahahaha

Banks are evil and if one reads what they really are, it's interest gouging for later on in the term. F$#k that shit. I'll go to work. Consider myself lucky and stay vigilant.

Safe passage and health to everyone through this thing!
 

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USA just decides to go a couple more trillion in debt. What’s a couple more trillion between friends?
 

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Plumber - very essential especially with all the toilet paper being off the shelves, people result to flushing other things down the toilet like cut up t-shirts. Been working ever since this all craziness has started, the phones have definitely slowed, and it is really only major emergencies. People are not calling about there dripping faucets and such.

It is very weird though, kind of don't want to work because going in and out of random peoples houses everyday, but being very safe and wearing gloves and such, and using lots and lots of hand sanitizer.
 

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Plumber - very essential especially with all the toilet paper being off the shelves, people result to flushing other things down the toilet like cut up t-shirts. Been working ever since this all craziness has started, the phones have definitely slowed, and it is really only major emergencies. People are not calling about there dripping faucets and such.

It is very weird though, kind of don't want to work because going in and out of random peoples houses everyday, but being very safe and wearing gloves and such, and using lots and lots of hand sanitizer.

Buddies an electrician in PA and can only do 'emergency work'.
 

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Electrician - new school construction on a native reserve. They've barricaded the access road to the reserve but we are allowed through as they want the school to be done for the next school year. Haven't missed a minute of work yet, still working 55-60 hours a week.

I'm glad I can work, sitting at home would drive me absolutely nuts this time of the year. I love time off in summer if I can use it to vacation, but it's still winter here so I'd be bored after a day or two.
 

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I have been mostly retired for twenty years, but do manage my investments from home. I get a corner of the Poker Emporium for my office.

Sadly the Emporium has closed down, but my investments need some effort every week or so.

Still, I can stay within a really tiny circle bounded by What-a-Burger, Herbert's Taco Shack and the HEB grocery store. Life really isn't much different aside from the lack of card games.

DrStrange

PS I do volunteer for the local EMS too, but the tax board really makes one decision a year - setting the property tax rate at eight cents per $100 valuation in August. Hardly seems like a "job", not much work and no pay.
 

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Working on the front line - clinical hospital pharmacist. My wards have been sliced, diced, and repurposed, and for now I'm covering non-COVID wards (either patients who have had negative results from testing or deemed very low risk to be infected). We're in preparation for a surge that we hope never comes. Our local geographical numbers right now are very good in comparison to most jurisdictions.
 

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Yes - Physician.

I have a prescription I have to pick up and drop off in person. Was very concerned to swing by my GP. They kinda looked at me funny for wearing a 'mask' and one of the guys back in the office was sitting at his desk like nothing happened.
 

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I work for the provincial electrical utility company, doing maintenance, repair and installation of the electronic equipment that protects and operates all of the electrical substations and transmission lines. They've taken this thing pretty seriously, assigning us to stay at home on call (full pay) and only to respond to situations where the lights are out or equipment is on fire. Better situation than the folks at the control centre, who are locked down on a two weeks on, two weeks off regime, living in RV's on site during their on shifts.

All maintenance and capital projects have ground to a halt, all hiring has been frozen, and we can only work in small regions or "pods" with one or two workers in other trades that are assigned to the same pod, and then only if the work is deemed to be critical. They're trying to keep us from getting infected by (or infecting) our fellow workers. Otherwise if one person became positive the whole team would have to go into quarantine, and if there was a problem with the grid or substations, the whole province would be shivering in the dark.

Nice to feel "essential".
 

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Communication and service software - not only are we essential but we're slammed right now updating everyone's COVID customer-facing messages and putting up our AI service assistants.

I actually had a raise coming in since Feb that cleared Apr 1 and the company still gave it to me even though we had moved to full time WFH and our stock got hammered by 30%. I'm grateful ...
 
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Operator at a steel mill, counting my blessings we are deemed essential. Mostly produce materials for earth moving equipment, elevator rail, and truck trailers. We also make components used for military purposes, so we are deemed essential for Canadian and American defense. Fingers crossed i stay healthy and can continue working until things are back to normal. Hoping everyone stays safe and healthy.
 

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Operator at a steel mill, counting my blessings we are deemed essential. Mostly produce materials for earth moving equipment, elevator rail, and truck trailers. We also make components used for military purposes, so we are deemed essential for Canadian and American defense. Fingers crossed i stay healthy and can continue working until things are back to normal. Hoping everyone stays safe and healthy.
Hey bud! I'm a process operator at a chemical manufacturing plant. End product gets used in the manufacturing of Dust masks, paper towel, disinfectants, TP and water treatment. I am counting my blessings also. Right now, the blessings come with extreme danger, but it is what it is.
 
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